Courtesy of Seattle's Best Coffee
Who can resist a cup of coffee literally infused with bacon? The winner of Seattle's Best Coffee Red Cup Showdown (a state-fair contest where competitors could submit their own flavored coffee drinks), the 'How to Win a Guy with One Sip' coffee beverage will be served at select Seattle's Best locations. Said judge Jeff Mauro of Food Network, the winning drink was a no-brainer. "The drink was very balanced: not to sweet, and complex," he said. "There was a smokiness of the bacon that mixed with the medium sweetness of the drink." (And this is coming from an iced, black Americano guy — we asked.) Congratulations to the chef of the winning coffee drink, Eileen Gannon of Des Moines, Iowa — you could say she literally took home the bacon, to the tune of $10,000. Make your own coffee beverage (and let us know whether the guy is won over).
Brew the coﬀee with the hot water in a pour-over brewer or coﬀee hand press; pour the coﬀee into a cup. Pour in light cream, bacon-ﬂavored
syrup, caramel-ﬂavored syrup, and pumpkin pie spice and stir with a spoon until combined. Top with a dollop of Spiced Caramelized Bacon Whipped Cream, drizzle with caramel ice cream topping, and sprinkle with a little pumpkin pie spice. Garnish with a caramelized bacon strip.
In a large mixer bowl, add all the ingredients; Whip until stiﬀ peaks form. Spoon into a piping bag ﬁtted with a large star tip and set aside until ready.
Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Line a 9-by-13-inch pan with parchment paper and cover with a thin layer of light brown sugar. Layer bacon strips over the brown sugar.
Pat additional brown sugar over the bacon to cover and top with a second piece of parchment paper. Bake the bacon for 15 to 20 minutes, or until brown and bubbling. Remove to wire rack and cool completely.